The first day of May is practically the unofficial start to BBQ-ing season. So to celebrate, a Top 5 of Entertaining entry all about the summertime art.
Meat - What is the central part of a BBQ but the main course? People will always be hungry and willing to eat. Remember, you can always put it in the freezer but making a run to the store midway through the party is no fun. Especially on big holiday weekends.
Ice - Somehow this always seems to be the thing people forget to buy. No one likes a BBQ with warm drinks. So don't forget to stock up!
Beer - See meat. Except insert that people will always be willing to relax with a cold one.
Bug Spray - Not only for yourself but for the yard. If you're outside there will be bugs. And sometimes those candles and any other voodoo charm you're hanging around doesn't cut it. My dad is a firm believer in Raid Yard Guard. Before each outdoor party he sprays just about one can around the perimeter of our backyard. There is definitely a huge difference on the amount of mosquito bites and gnats flying around out food compared to when he doesn't spray. And for those of us who are a mosquito's favorite dinner buffet, don't forget to spray some Off on yourself. Make sure it has Deet!
Suntan lotion - The chances of getting skin cancer are higher if you have 2 serious burns before the age of 18, but that doesn't mean you can't continue to protect yourself as you age. Wear at least spf 15 (or higher if you're fair skinned) and make sure you cover every spot including face, eats, between fingers, toes, etc. It's those spots that are overlooked that are most likely to have cancer sprout. And don't forge to reapply after trips into the pool and throughout the course of the day. Just because you can last 10 hours outside doesn't mean your suntan lotion can!
And of course, don't forget the most important thing you need for any successful BBQ. Something fun to do to keep you cool! Pool, sprinkler, slip and slides are always the go to. But if you don't have them you can make your own. We've used garbage bags (that we wore---not that that is safe AT ALL) and Twister mats for slip and slides. And you can be pretty creative with a hose when you need to be. So put on some Beach Boys, Don Henley and Bryan Adams and get partying!